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The two Principal Entrances and two of the other Entrance Examinations are held on the days immediately previous to the four Examinations of the Junior Freshman Class (including the Hilary Supplemental Examination in June), so as to enable students from a distance to pass a Term Examination as well as the Entrance without unnecessary loss of time. The fifth Entrance is held immediately before the Michaelmas Lectures begin. The dates of these Examinations may be found in the Almanac, and are also given under the heading 'Days of Examination. In addition, the Senior Lecturer grants a Special Examination to such Students as are unable to present themselves at the regular Examinations, on reasonable grounds being given. Candidates who have passed a Public Entrance Examination to the satisfaction of the Senior Lecturer are given a Large Entrance Certificate; all other candidates, who are allowed to proceed with their course, are given a Small Certificate, which cannot be used as evidence that they have passed the Public Entrance Examination of Trinity College; but such candidates will be given the Large Certificate as soon as they shall have passed a Term Examination.

The Entrance Examinations commence at 10 a.m.

2. Course for Principal and Ordinary Entrances. English Composition: Arithmetic; Algebra (the first Four Rules, Fractions, and Simple Equations); Geometry, see below; English History; Modern Geography; Latin with Latin Composition and any one of the following Languages :-Greek: French, Voltaire, Charles XII.: German, Schiller's Belagerung von Antwerpen. In Greek and in Latin students may select any two Greek and any two Latin authors. (The quantity of each author to be presented for examination should be not less than the equivalent of two Books of Virgil, or Xenophon, or of a Greek play.) The Examination in French and German will be partly vivâ voce in the prescribed books, and partly by papers, containing passages (unprescribed) for translation from these Languages, and passages for translation from English into the same.

The Course in Geometrya is that covered by Euclid, Books i., ii., iii. ; and Book iv., Props. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, with some additional Elementary Practical Constructions, and also some Elementary loci. Geometrical Methods other than those followed by Euclid will be accepted, such as regarding tangents as limiting positions of chords, &c. Some questions will be set on practical constructions, so that candidates will have to provide themselves with a ruler, set square, protractor, and pencil compasses. (A syllabus giving more detailed information may be obtained on application.)

Additional Examination for High Places at Principal Entrances.

Unprescribed passages from Greek and Latin authors; Greek and Latin Grammar and Ancient History; Greek Prose Composition; Geometry and Algebra; and an examination vivâ voce in French or German concurrently with these papers, all candidates for High Places having answered in the French or German paper on the first day.

a In learning Geometry any of the following books may be used instead of Euclid's Elements:-Baker and Bourne, Godfrey and Siddons, Hall and Stevens, Purser.

3. Entrance Course for Students not taking the Arts Course.

Musical Degrees.

Candidates for Musical Degrees, who are not also taking out the Arts Course, are permitted to substitute French, German, or Italian for Greek at the Entrance Examination, and they are examined in Acoustics (including Applications of Arithmetic to Acoustics) in addition to the ordinary Entrance Course. They are recommended to read Sedley Taylor "On Sound and Music."


Prizes obtainable in connexion with Entrance.

1st. Sizarships in Classics, Science, Modern Languages, Hebrew, and Irish. The regulations respecting the Course, Privileges, &c., are given below.

2nd. Reid Sizarship, tenable by natives of the County of Kerry only.

3rd. Twelve Exhibitions, six of £20, and six of £15, a year, tenable for two years, awarded on the result of the Examination held under the Board of Intermediate Education, Ireland. See under 'Exhibitions.'

4th. Ten Exhibitions of £50 a year, tenable for two years, on the foundation of Sir John Gardiner Nutting, for students from unendowed schools, awarded on the result of the Examination held under the Board of Intermediate Education, Ireland. See under 'Nutting Exhibitions.'

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5th. Sixteen Junior Exhibitions, twelve of £20 and four of £15 a year, tenable for two years. See under Junior Exhibitions.' 6th. The Kidd Scholarship, value about £80 per annum, tenable for four years. The Examination for this Scholarship is held each fourth year, unless vacancies should occur oftener. See under Kidd Scholarship.'

7th. Two Exhibitions annually, not exceeding £50 each per annum, and tenable for four years, open to students coming from South Africa, one at least to be given to a student intending to enter the Medical School. See under Exhibitions awarded to students from South Africa.'

8th. The Charles Wilkins Memorial Prize in Mathematics for Women. See under that heading.

9th. The Biggs Memorial Prize. See under that heading. 10th. Twenty-four Entrance Prizes, namely, a First Prize of

The Greek and Latin Prizes are the gift of the Vice-Chancellor.

£5 and a Second Prize of £2 in each of the following subjects (provided sufficient merit be shown by the Candidates):—

1. Greek Verse.

2. Latin Verse.

3. Greek Prose.

4. Latin Prose.

5. English Literature and

6. English History and
Modern Geography.

7. French.

8. German.

9. Hebrew. (Hebrew Sizars are not eligible for this Prize.)

10. Experimental Science.

11. Natural Science.

12. Modern Irish.

A student may compete for one or more of these Prizes. The names of the successful Candidates, and the Schools from which they present themselves, are published at the conclusion of the Examinations.

These Examinations are held early in Michaelmas Term, and are open to all Students who have not completed their nineteenth year before the 1st of June immediately preceding the Examination, and who are commencing the Junior Freshman Year, i.e., to those Students who have entered since March 21st, and have not paid any half-yearly fee. They commence at 10 a.m.

The following Courses have been appointed:

English Literature.

Hamilton-Thompson, History of English Literature, chapters ii.
and iv. to xxii., inclusive (omitting Notes and Illustrations).
Shakspere, Merchant of Venice, Richard III., Macbeth.
Milton, Comus and Paradise Lost, books iii. and iv.

Macaulay, Essays on Addison, on Boswell's Life of Johnson, and
on Moore's Life of Byron.

Trench, English Past and Present.

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Dowden, History of French Literature, books 3 and 4.

Corneille, Le Cid, Polyeucte.

Souvestre, Au Coin du Feu.

Hauff, Märchen.


Schiller, Wilhelm Tell.

Schiller, Geschichte des dreissigjährigen Krieges, Books II. and III.

The merits of the Candidates in French and German will be

tested by conversation, translation, composition, and questions in Grammar and Literary History.


Grammar (including written exercises on the paradigms of nouns and verbs) and the first eight Psalms.

Modern Irish.

Modern Irish Grammar and Composition.

Dion-Brollac Forais Feara ar Eirinn.

The Course appointed in Experimental Science consists of two sub-courses, Experimental Physics and Chemical Science, which are as follows:

Experimental Physics.

Candidates will be expected to be familiar with elementary physical principles, such as those necessary to explain the use of levers, cogwheels, whistles, pumps, lenses, magnets, the magnetic effects of electric currents, the measurement of atmospheric pressure by the mercurial barometer.

There will be a practical examination in which their ability to make simple physical measurements may be tested by requiring them to measure lengths, areas, volumes, weights, velocities, accelerations, the pressures of liquids, or the focal lengths of lenses. They should be able to plot their results on squared paper, draw plans to scale of the things they measure, and plot the paths of rays of light passing through or reflected by plane surfaces.

They will be expected to be familiar with the metric system.

Chemical Science.

Physical and Chemical changes of matter-how distinguished. Elements and compounds. Law of definite proportions-Equivalents.

Water-its chief physical and chemical properties-its ultimate composition-Analysis--Electrolysis--Chief properties of hydrogen and oxygen. Synthesis of water. Laws of gaseous combination. Elementary ideas relating to molecules and atoms. Avogadro's law. Water as a solvent-Natural waters. Peroxide of hydrogen. Valence-law of multiple proportions.

Atmospheric Air-the principal substances contained in it-how they are recognized—their condition in air. Relations by air to processes of combustion and animal respiration. Nitrogen-its chief compounds with oxygen and hydrogen. Acids, alkalies, salts-their general characters.

Carbon-its forms. Allotropism. The two oxides of carbon-their chief physical and chemical properties and relations. The hydrides of carbon, marsh gas and olefiant gas. Coal gas and the nature of flame. Deductions of formu'æ and solutions of simple chemical problems.

At the Practical part of the examination, candidates will be expected to recognise one or more of the elements or compounds named above, or to prepare any of them. They may also be asked to perform simple quantitative operations illustrating general principles, such as—the action of heat on a metallic salt, the displacement of one metal by another from solution, or the measurement by the volume of a gas evolved.

NOTE.-Systematic qualitative analysis is not required at this stage.

The course appointed in Natural Science consists of three sub-courses, Zoology, Botany, and Geology, which are follows::

Zoology-Thomson's Outlines of Zoology, Chaps. i. and ii.


External structure of the Lobster or Crayfish, Insect, Frog,

Life-history of Frog, and Butterfly or Moth.

Botany-Stenhouse's Introduction to Nature Study, Part i.
Geology-Huxley's Physiography, to end of Chap. vi.

The Examiners are

For Greek and Latin Verse and Prose:-The Regius Professor of Greek and the Professor of Latin.

For English History and Modern Geography:-The Professor of Modern History and one Examiner appointed by the Board.

For English Literature and Composition:-The Professor of English Literature and one Examiner appointed by the Board.

For French-The Professor of the Romance Languages and one Examiner appointed by the Board.

For German :—The Professor of German and one Examiner appointed by the Board.

For Hebrew:-The Professor of Hebrew and one Examiner appointed by the Board.

For Experimental Science :-The Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and the Professor of Chemistry.

For Natural Science :-The Professors of Botany, of Geology and Mineralogy, and of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy.

For Modern Irish:-The Professor of Irish and one Examiner appointed by the Board.



SIZARS are Students of limited means, who have their commons free of expense, and are exempted from annual fees. Students who obtain Sizarships are allowed £12 a year in lieu of commons. The Entrance fee for Sizars is £1 1s. 3d.

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